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Tecan Group Ltd.. (8/16/16). "Press Release: Tecan Again Posts Double-digit Sales Growth in the First Half of 2016". Männedorf.

Organisations Organisation Tecan Group Ltd. (SIX Swiss Exchange: TECN)
  Group Tecan (Group)
  Organisation 2 Sias AG
  Group Tecan (Group)
Products Product contract manufacturing (laboratory equipment and instruments)
  Product 2 automated liquid handling technology
Index term Index term Sias–Tecan: investment, 201510–201511 acquisition CHF25m in cash
Persons Person Martyr, David (Tecan 201202– announced CEO for 10/12 before Leica Microsystems)
  Person 2 Eugster, Rudolf (Tecan 200212– CFO)
     


Financial results for the first half of 2016

Order entry of CHF 250.6 million (H1 2015: CHF 220.1 million)
Growth of 11.3% in local currencies or 13.9% in Swiss francs
Organic growth of 7.0% in local currencies or 9.4% in Swiss francs
Strong increase in order backlog
Sales of CHF 235.3 million (H1 2015: CHF 200.0 million)
Growth of 15.0% in local currencies or 17.7% in Swiss francs
Organic growth of 9.2% in local currencies or 11.7% in Swiss francs

Operating profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of CHF 37.9 million (H1 2015: CHF 32.6 million)
EBITDA margin of 16.1% (H1 2015: 16.3%), including integration costs and reduced margins associated with the acquisition of Sias AG
Improvement in underlying EBITDA margin, excluding Sias, of 120 basis points to 17.5%
Net profit of CHF 23.5 million (H1 2015 CHF 26.0 million)
Net profit margin including integration costs of 10.0% (H1 2015: 13.0%)
Earnings per share of CHF 2.04 (H1 2015: CHF 2.31)

Strong cash flow from operating activities of CHF 64.9 million (H1 2015: CHF 35.1 million), or 27.6% of sales

Outlook for full-year 2016 confirmed



Operating performance in the first half of 2016

Considerable progress with integration of Sias AG, which was acquired in November 2015

Significant increase in serial production of major platforms in the Partnering Business

Successful launch of additional important features for Fluent® liquid handling platforms as well as an additional Spark(TM) reader platform model



The Tecan Group (SIX Swiss Exchange: TECN) again posted double-digit sales growth and a profit in line with expectations in the first half of 2016.

Tecan CEO David Martyr commented: "I am delighted with our continued strong sales growth in the first half of 2016 and the further improvement in underlying profitability. The renewed high operating cash flow as well as our substantial sales growth in Partnering Business and in both divisions in China are particularly pleasing.

We have made considerable progress with the integration of Sias AG, which we acquired in November 2015. Sias was legally merged with a Tecan subsidiary in the first half of this year. In the meantime, we have also concluded the relocation of our new colleagues and the production lines into the Tecan headquarters in Männedorf."

Financial results for the first half of 2016

Order entry increased by 11.3% in local currencies to CHF 250.6 million (H1 2015: CHF 220.1 million) in the first six months of the year, corresponding to growth of 13.9% in Swiss francs. On an organic basis, excluding the Sias acquisition, orders in the first half grew by 7.0% in local currencies and by 9.4% in Swiss francs. Due to strong order entry, which once again exceeded sales, the order backlog grew considerably.

Sales climbed by 15.0% in local currencies or 17.7% in Swiss francs to CHF 235.3 million in the first half of the year (H1 2015: CHF 200.0 million). This corresponds to organic sales growth of 9.2% in local currencies or 11.7% in Swiss francs. Operating profit before depreciation and amortization (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; EBITDA) rose by 16.4% to CHF 37.9 million in the first six months of the year (H1 2015: CHF 32.6 million). Including integration costs and reduced margins associated with the acquisition of Sias AG, the EBITDA margin was 16.1% of sales (H1 2015: 16.3%). By contrast, the underlying EBITDA margin, excluding Sias, improved by 120 basis points to 17.5% of sales.

Net profit for the first half of 2016 was CHF 23.5 million and therefore below the prior-year period (H1 2015: CHF 26.0 million). In addition to the integration costs for the acquisition of Sias, this difference is largely due to a substantially lower tax rate and a CHF 4.0 million higher financial result from a temporary currency hedging profit in the first half of 2015. The net profit margin in the first half of 2016 reached 10.0% of sales (H1 2015: 13.0%), while earnings per share were CHF 2.04 (H1 2015: CHF 2.31)

Cash flow from operating activities grew strongly to CHF 64.9 million (H1 2015: CHF 35.1 million) and includes a further reimbursement of development costs by an OEM partner. Thus, cash flow from operating activities corresponded to 27.6% of sales.


Information by business segment


Life Sciences Business (end-customer business)

Sales in the Life Sciences Business increased by 5.8% in local currencies to CHF 117.7 million (H1 2015: CHF 107.5 million) in the first half of the year and were 9.5% above the prior-year period in Swiss francs. The newly launched Fluent and Spark platforms as well as recurring sales of services, consumables and reagents made a considerable contribution to this growth. Order entry in the Life Sciences Business also showed positive development and again clearly exceeded sales in the first half of the year.

Operating profit in the segment was CHF 12.2 million (H1 2015: CHF 11.3 million), corresponding to an unchanged operating profit margin on the prior-year period of 9.9% of sales (H1 2015: 9.8%).


Partnering Business (OEM business)

The Partnering Business generated sales of CHF 117.6 million during the period under review (H1 2015: CHF 92.4 million), which corresponds to an increase of 26.0% in local currencies or 27.2% in Swiss francs. On an organic basis, excluding sales by Sias, revenue in the first half of 2016 rose by 13.3% in local currencies. Instruments launched in recent years made a significant contribution to the strong sales growth. Order entry in the Partnering Business also grew at a double-digit percentage rate in the first half of 2016.

The segment's operating profit in the first six months of 2016 rose to CHF 20.9 million (H1 2015: CHF 17.4 million). Operating profit margin was down on the prior-year period at 17.7% of sales (H1 2015: 18.6%) mainly due to the accounting of acquisition-related costs.


Additional information


Regional development

In Europe, sales in the first six months in local currencies increased by 24.2% and by 26.0% in Swiss francs. This growth was driven primarily by the Partnering Business, both from the first-time contribution to sales from Sias products and strong organic growth by major platforms.

In North America, half-year sales in local currencies were at the prior-year level, and in Swiss francs were 2.9% above the baseline from 2015. The Life Sciences Business recorded good growth in this region. Sales in the components business, part of the Partnering Business, declined as expected due to the high base in the prior-year period. In addition, revenue of the Partnering Business in North America did not benefit from a newly launched platform for the US market, as sales were allocated to the location of the corporate customer and therefore recorded in Europe.

In Asia, Tecan once again achieved a considerable increase in sales of 30.6% in local currencies and 34.7% in Swiss francs. Both segments posted a double-digit increase in organic sales, which was further supported by a first-time contribution to sales by Sias products. Growth in China, where sales almost doubled in the first six months, was particularly pleasing.


Recurring sales of services and consumables

Recurring sales of services and consumables increased in the first half of 2016 by 7.7% in local currencies and 10.4% in Swiss francs, and therefore amounted to 38.3% of total sales (H1 2015: 40.9%). Services (including spare parts) accounted for 22.4% of total sales, while consumables (plastic and reagents) accounted for 15.9%.


Research and development

In the first half of 2016, research and development expenses amounted to 9.7% of sales (H1 2015: 10.0%) or CHF 22.9 million (H1 2015: CHF 20.1 million). All told, research and development activities continued to fall as planned to CHF 23.7 million gross (H1 2015: CHF 30.4 million). The total figure also includes development programs for OEM instrument customers in the Partnering Business (CHF 4.3 million) and capitalized development costs (CHF 2.2 million). However, these costs were clearly exceeded by amortization amounting to CHF 5.3 million.


Strong balance sheet - high equity ratio

Tecan's equity ratio was 66.4% as of June 30, 2016 (December 31, 2015: 68.7%). As a result of the strong cash flow from operating activities, net liquidity (cash and cash equivalents minus bank liabilities and loans) increased to CHF 239.0 million (December 31, 2015: CHF 198.8 million). The company's share capital was CHF 1,152,855 as at the reporting date of June 30, 2016 (December 31, 2015: CHF 1,146,758), consisting of 11,528,547 registered shares with a nominal value of CHF 0.10.

At the Tecan Group Annual General Meeting on April 13, 2016, shareholders approved an increase in the dividend from CHF 1.50 to CHF 1.75 per share. The payout of dividends of CHF 20.1 million in total took place on April 19, 2016.


Outlook for full-year 2016 confirmed

For fiscal 2016, Tecan continues to anticipate Group sales growth in the double-digit percentage range in local currencies. This growth will be driven by the continued ramp up of major instrument platforms and launches of new products in both business segments as well as a full-year contribution of Sias.

The underlying EBITDA margin, excluding the Sias business and adjusted for tailwinds in 2015, mainly from the one-time positive net impact of revised pension liabilities, is expected to further expand by at least 50 basis points. Integration costs related to the Sias acquisition are expected to reach a mid-single-digit million Swiss franc amount in 2016 and the acquisition to become accretive in 2017. Despite these one-time integration costs and the lack of positive one-time effects from 2015, EBITDA for fiscal 2016 is expected to reach at least a similar level as 2015.

These expectations regarding profitability are based on an average exchange rate forecast for full-year 2016 of one euro equaling CHF 1.05 and one US dollar equaling CHF 0.98 and exclude further acquisitions.


Financial Report and Webcast

The full 2016 Interim Report can be accessed on the company's website www.tecan.com under Investor Relations. An iPad app for the Tecan Financial Reports is also available from the App Store.

Tecan will hold a conference call to discuss the results in the first half of 2016 today at 10:00 a.m. (CEST). The presentation will also be relayed by live audio webcast, which interested parties can access at www.tecan.com. A link to the webcast will be provided immediately prior to the event.

The dial-in numbers for the conference call are as follows:
For participants from Europe: +41 (0)58 310 50 00 or +44 (0)203 059 5862 (UK)
For participants from the US: +1 (1) 631 570 5613
Participants should if possible dial in 15 minutes before the start of the event.

Key upcoming dates

The 2016 Annual Report will be published on March 15, 2017.
The Annual General Meeting of Tecan's shareholders will take place on April 11, 2017.


About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, and forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2015, Tecan generated sales of CHF 440 million (USD 459 million; EUR 411 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TECN; ISIN CH0012100191).

For further information:

Tecan Group
Dr. Rudolf Eugster Martin Brändle
Chief Financial Officer Vice President, Communications &
Investor Relations
investor@tecan.com Tel. +41 (0) 44 922 84 30
www.tecan.com Fax +41 (0) 44 922 88 89

Downloads: Press Release with financial tables [ ww3.tecan.com/platform/content/element/51478/160816_PR_Tecan_again_posts_double-digit_sales_growth_in_the_first_half_of_2016__EN.pdf ]

   
Record changed: 2016-09-14

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